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Martin Burt Starts Microcredit in Paraguay

Martin Burt Starts Microcredit in Paraguay

Summary

Martin Burt returned to Paraguay in 1985 and started an innovative microcredit program.

Fundación Paraguaya has supported 30,000 microentrepreneurs who have created 19,000 new jobs. Its Junior Achievement program has helped build the entrepreneurial skills of more than 50,000 young people.

Two years ago, the organization took over a bankrupt agricultural school and turned it into a model enterprise that helps young people learn to think of themselves not as "poor campesinos" but as "rural entrepreneurs."

Learn about his story in this episode of Uncommon Heroes, funded by the Skoll Foundation. More information at www.skollfoundation.org.



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